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Thomlinson family fonds

1898-1998, predominant 1939-1998

Physical Description:
5 m of textual records. -- 87 photographs

Robert Graeme Thomlinson, 1913- , was born in Kenton, Manitoba and came with his parents, Earle Gordon Thomlinson and Clara Langton Thomlinson, to the Spirit River area of Alberta in 1929. They homesteaded on 17-79-8-W6. In 1939 the Thomlinsons started what was to become a successful seed operation on their farm. Graeme won many awards for his pedigreed seed. Both Earle and Graeme were active in the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), later renamed the New Democratic Party (NDP). They were instrumental in the establishment of the party's Spirit River Provincial Constituency Association, and the Peace River Federal Constituency Association. Graeme ran, unsuccessfully, as a CCF candidate in the 1952 and 1955 provincial elections. He later was named a life member of the Alberta NDP. In 1947 Graeme married Marion Ford Sandilands Graham, 1911-?, and they had two sons, Brian James, 1951- , and Neil Robert, 1955- . The Thomlinsons helped found and were active in their local church, Munro Presbyterian Church. Graeme also served as treasurer of the Peace River Presbytery, and Marion as secretary of the Peace River Presbyterial Women's Missionary Society. In the 1960s he helped form the West End Ratepayers' Association, which was involved in lobbying for schools and highways. Graeme was a shareholder in the Blueberry Mountain Forest Products Co-op, which ran a community sawmill.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records of the seed business (1928-1997); farm accounts (1941-1975; income tax returns (1949-1993); Munro Presbyterian Church records (1949-1996); Peace River Prebyterial Women's Missionary Society records (1949-1971); Peace River Presbytery records (1964-1998); CCF/NDP records (1939-1997); Blueberry Forest Products Co-op records (1969-1986); Moonshine Lake swimming lessons records (1962-1965); personal papers of Graeme and Marion Thomlinson (1933-1995); and personal papers of Clara and Earle Thomlinson (1898-1961).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Graeme Thomlinson, 1999-2002.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Records of the West End Ratepayers' Association, Spirit River provincial constituency (CCF), and Peace River federal constituency (CCF) were donated by Graeme Thomlinson to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1984 (call number 84.430). Photocopies of the Spirit River and Peace River constituency associations records are in this fonds.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8698, M 8908

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